I have a mantra.
1. hinduism, a word or formula, as from the Veda, chanted or sung as an incantation or prayer.
2. an often repeated word, formula, or phrase, often a truism.
Listen. Create. Sweat. Be kind. Give back. Be open. I think of these nine words as my personal mantra. Not exactly a philosophy of life, but the things at the this-is-who-I-want-to-be finish line. And the finish line is my carrot at the end of a stick...always moving toward it, but won't ever actually get there and be able to say, for example, "ok, I listened, that's done!"
These words emerged a few years ago when I needed to write something at work for a semi-regular email communication to our donors and community of supporters. It wasn't a fundraising communication, but a 'let's stay in touch' communication. We're an organization (Progress Inc. in Nashville, TN) that supports people who have disabilities to be their best selves. I started thinking about what being 'your best self' means for every person; what did it mean to me?
My best self is a combination of things that are so important to me that without them I would be an altered/lesser version of myself...create, sweat, give back...and things that I respect and aspire to but am absolutely not accomplished at yet...listen, be kind, be open. For me, these nine words cover a lot of ground; I want to write about each separately over the next few weeks. What I'm really curious about today though, are the words that define and challenge others...you? Share!
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Hi, I'm Donna. Long time artisan/creative. Full time work in nonprofit world. Mother of two adult sons. Currently, also mother of two cats.
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